ReachOut Australia teaches teens positivity with launch of ReachOut Orb app via Soap Creative

2048x1536_1.jpgLeading online youth mental health organisation ReachOut Australia has joined with the Telstra Foundation and Soap Creative to develop an app for secondary schools called ReachOut Orb.

This fun yet 'serious' educational game is designed to teach Year 9 and 10 students how to improve their mental wellbeing through the practice of play.

2048x1536_2.jpgReachOut Orb takes place in a mysterious world where students have to reverse a negative force called The Glitch by interacting with a range of characters that are overwhelmed by negativity. They're joined on their journey by a powerful artefact known as The Orb. It must be recharged daily by inputting three good things, encouraging them to2048x1536_3.jpg evaluate their life through a positive lens.

Says Brad Eldridge, co‐founder of Soap Creative: "Play learning is a great way to develop kids' imaginations and it's less prescriptive, allowing them to interpret the experience in ways that are2048x1536_4.jpg meaningful to them. We're stoked to work with ReachOut - they really trusted us to take their lead on the deeper messages and make something for the classroom that's quirky and memorable."

Teachers are provided with free curriculum‐mapped resources developed by positive psychology experts to support the lessons in ReachOut Orb. The game initially went through a pilot program at four high schools and the results were positive.

Says Jackie McIver, national ReachOut schools manager: "Collaborating with Soap and watching the2048x1536_5.jpg world of ReachOut Orb come to life has been a really rewarding process. Together we've created an engaging educational app that will help students understand and develop wellbeing skills, and I'm excited to see the game launch in schools across Australia."

ReachOut Orb is also available for free on desktop here. Principals and teachers can download teacher resources here.

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